Four Things That We Wish We Knew About Ancient Cities: Insights from Fieldwork in Eastern India

Tuesday, March 26 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

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Zumberge Hall (ZHS), 252
3651 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

The most obvious components of ancient cities are uppermost, with places like a Colosseum or Sun Pyramid seemingly perched on top of all of a city's prior history. Yet even the biggest structures come to us as a jumble of remains that can be difficult to place in chronological order. If large structures are hard to understand, and smaller structures difficult to find, what else are we missing about ancient urban life? In this talk, Monica L. Smith (UCLA; Professor, Navin and Pratima Doshi Chair in Indian Studies) highlights the archaeological research carried out as a joint UCLA-Deccan College (Pune) project in eastern India, focusing on the ancient city of Sisupalgarh and its environs. An attention to four overlooked questions, "Four Things That We Wish We Knew About Ancient Cities," helps to identify areas of future research for ancient cities, as well as points to ponder for our modern ones.

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Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


Anthropology, archaeology, Dornsife



#uscarchaeology, #uscanthropology, #uscdornsife

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